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HARRINGTON{'S} HALL (Cuirt na Caosga). Irish (?), Jig or March (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The title may refer to Timothy Harrington, secretary of the Irish National League (1882-95), and Lord Mayor of Dublin from 1901 to 1903. There is a hotel called Harrington Hall named in his honor in a fashionable section of Dublin on Harcourt Street amidst Georgian rowhouses. However, the the was first published in William Bradbury Ryan's Mammoth Collection (Boston, 1883), as "Harrington's Hall," of which there were several in 19th century America; at least two in New England, one in Watertown, Mass., and one in South Barre, Vt. It may be that Chief O'Neill picked up the Irish-sounding tune from Ryan's publication, as he did other melodies.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 56 (listed as a jig). Miller (Fiddler's Throne), 2004; No. 55, p. 44. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1839, p. 345 (listed as a march). Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 84.

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